October is RESPECT LIFE MONTH, observed since 1972.
RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY is October 5.
Prayer for Reverence of Life
Almighty God, Giver of all that is good, we thank You today and always,
for the precious gift of human life.
For life in the womb, coming from Your creative power.
For the life of children, making us glad with their freshness and promise.
For the life of young people, hoping for a better world.
For the life of the handicapped and disabled, teaching us humility.
For the life of the elderly, witnessing the ageless values of patience and wisdom.
May we always say "yes" to Your gift of life.
May we defend it and promote it from conception to its natural end
and bring us at last, O Father, to eternal life,
in Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Imagine yourself pausing in front of a design of great beauty. Your soul quiets and is filled with wonder and awe.
If art, created by man, can evoke such a response within us, how much more is the same wonder, reverence and respect due to each person we encounter, who was handcrafted by the very God who spoke the world into being?
Now think of an artist stepping back from a great work of art and admiring his or her creation.
When God created each of us, He did so with precision and purpose, and He looks on each of us with love that cannot be outdone in intensity or tenderness.
Moreover, the Lord invites us to behold ourselves and each other with the same wonder and awe.
No matter how the world might view us or others, let us treat each person as the masterpiece that he or she is.
~Taken from the usccb.org website
“Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.” ~Pope Francis’ Day for Life Greeting